As the temperature rises, most people become ever more reliant on their central air conditioner. When your air conditioner fails during the hottest months of the year, you might be tempted to call a repair service as soon as possible. However, you want to make sure the problem is serious so you don't have to pay for an unnecessary visit. This article will explain three things to do before you call in the professionals. In some cases, you will be able to identify and fix the problem with spending a dime!

Check Your Vents and Registers

If you think that your airflow is not as powerful or as cold as it used to be, the problem could just be with clogged or closed registers. First, walk around your home and make sure that all of the registers are opened. Closely inspect in between the vents with a flashlight. If you notice dust and clogging, you should remove the vents from the wall and clean them. All you need is a flathead screwdriver and a wet rag. You can even clean vinyl or fiberglass vents in your sink with dishwashing soap. While the vents are removed from the walls, you should look into the ducts with flash light. Keep an eye out for discoloration or build up that could be mold. Cleaning your registers and vents is smart even if you end up needing to invest in more serious AC repair.

Cleaning the Filter

The next step is to clean or replace your furnace filter. The furnace filter is usually easy to access from the front of the furnace. It is should be quite large (about the size of a pizza box). If you notice that your filter is especially dusty, you might have found the source of your air flow problem. If the air cannot flow through the filter, it will not have much power by the time it reaches your vents.

Cleaning the Condenser Coils

After cleaning the filter and registers, you should clean the condenser coils. These can be cleaned without removing anything from the AC unit. The coils are the metal ridges along the outside of the unit. They can be easily cleaned by just spraying them down with a strong stream of water. This worth doing even if your coils look clean. There could be dirt deep inside the coils that is not visible.

After you have do these three things you should test your AC and see if the problem is solved. If not, you should call an AC repair service such as Proctor Mechanical Corp ASAP.